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Old 06-13-2004, 03:46 PM
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I have a little problem with my steering. Their is a clicking noise in
the helm and every revolution, the steering skips. I bleed the system
and there was no air in the lines. What do you all think is the next step?
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Old 06-13-2004, 10:42 PM
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It sounds like the system is either low on fluid or has air in the system, but I am no expert by any means. Do a search ...someone posted the correct proceedure to check the system.
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Old 06-14-2004, 06:42 AM
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Cracker, The level is full and there is no air in the system.
I'm going to call seastar today to see what the problem is.
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The clicking is the check valves inside the helm pump. Mine did it when I got air in the system ( tiny drip on bottom of pump). The only way to get it out was to buy the bleed kit and do a complete bleed of the system. I would have told anyone there was no air in the system until I saw it come out of the clear tubing while flushing. I dont have the sound or problem anymore.
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Old 06-14-2004, 05:31 PM
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You have air in the system!

Do a search here on "bleeding hydraulic steering systems" You'll find a very easy procedure but a rather long description. If you can't find it e-mail me.
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I need to replace the seals in my Sea Star steering cylinder. Do I need a "bleed kit"?. Is that just a hose to connect the quart of fluid to the steering reservior?

Everything is relatively new and in good condition. I ordered a seal kit and expect I will have to come up with a spanner wrench to remove the cylinder ends. My Sea Star manual or their web site does not give that level of detail for cylinder rebuilding but quite a bit about bleeding. I thought I would just need some tubing for the hose/cylinder bleed fittings and follow the bleed instructions in the manual.

I think what did me in was that the cylinder mount was too much lower than the tiller arm / link. When I tightened up the mounting (installed loose at the factory on purpose I expect) I put too much side load on the cylinder and caused a leak. I have no reason to believe there is any air upstream from the cyliner.

Has anyone done this with a BA125 - 7 ATM cylinder?

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Default RE: problem with hydraulic steering

Talked to seastar today and they said I still had air
in the system. They told me to hook the clear hose to
the helm with 6-8 inches of fluid in it. Turn the wheel
all the way till it stops. Then give the wheel a little more
pressure, then hold it for 5 seconds and turn the wheel
back the other way. Did it in both directions and you wouldn't
believe the air bubbles coming out, even though I bleed the
system twice already. Thanks for the replies!
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We told ya!! In all seriousness glad you found the proceedure. Those hydralic systems are great.
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